Professional Development/Events

COE Seminar Series

Optometry NSW/ACT 2017 COE Seminar Series:

Date: 24/07/17

Parramatta RSL
Cnr O'Connell & Macquarie Streets


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Program &

6:00pm Registration

6:30pm Assessment, Diagnosis & Management of Muscle Innervation Disorders
Dr Ross Fitzsimons

7:30pm Refreshments

8:00pm Examining the Preschooler
Liz Jackson

Session 1:

Assessment, Diagnosis & Management of Muscle Innervation Disorders
Dr Ross Fitzsimons

Topic Outline:

Muscle innervation disorders will be discussed using case studies and videos. The focus will be on how to assess and diagnosis these disorders. Followed by the management options suitable for each disorder. Disorders discussed will include Duane’s syndrome, Browns syndrome and cranial nerve palsies.

Learning Objectives:

- How to assess strabismus patients
- Differential diagnosis of muscle innervation disorders
- Surgical management of muscle innervation disorders 

Speaker Bios:

Dr Fitzsimons is a well-established surgeon who has been in private practice at Marsden Eye Specialists for over 25 years. He is a member of the Royal Australian College of Ophthalmologists, The American Academy of Ophthalmology, The International Strabismus Association, The Australian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He specialises in Strabismus surgery as well as cataract and refractive surgery. He began refractive surgery in Australia in 1990 with the delivery of the first refractive lasers. Dr Fitzsimons is a Senior Partner at Marsden Eye Specialists in Parramatta, Penrith and Castle Hill rooms.

Session 2:

Examining the Preschooler
Liz Jackson

Topic Outline:

This talk will cover the expected results for the examination of pre-school children e.g. refractive error, eye movements, accommodation and vergence as well as some general development milestones. Strategies for examining this often challenging age group as well as age specific tests and modifications for commonly used optometric tests will also be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

- To discuss the expected refractive and binocular vision findings for pre-school children
- To further understand tests that are specifically designed for measuring the vision in pre-school children as well as some tests that optometrists commonly use
- To discuss strategies for getting the best results out of assessing the vision of young children

Speaker Bios:

Liz Jackson graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1995. She has worked in a number of prestigious optometry practices in Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney and in 2006 she opened her own practice, Visual Potential Optometrists. Liz has been a supervisor at the UNSW School of Optometry paediatric clinic and is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Behavioural Optometrists. Her areas of interest are paediatric optometry, strabismus and visual aspects of learning difficulties.

CPD Points: 6 (3 per lecture)

Registration closes 21 July 2017

or call the OA NSW/ACT office on (02) 9712 2199


OA members: No charge
Non-members: $55.00